Kim goes ballistic: North Korean dictator threatens ‘nuclear justice’

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un gleefully applauded as he watched a display of the country’s military might during the secretive state’s Day of the Sun – and his regime warned of an ‘annihilating strike’ if the US attacks.

Kim, wearing a Western-style suit at Kim Il-sung Square, saluted formations of soldiers who yelled out ‘long live’ to celebrate the 105th anniversary of his grandfather’s birth.

The dictator has accused President Donald Trump of provoking his nation towards armed conflict with a series of increasingly aggressive moves, including sending the USS Carl Vinson to the Korean peninsula.

US officials feared Kim Jong-un would mark the national holiday by launching North Korea’s sixth nuclear weapons test, since the country has used previous holidays to showcase its military prowess.

The despot, who did not speak during the annual parade, flaunted prototypes of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), which experts fear could one day be capable of striking mainland America.

One of Kim’s top officials, Choe Ryong Hae, today vowed North Korea would ‘beat down enemies with the power of nuclear justice’.

He told the packed-out square: ‘If the United States wages reckless provocation against us, our revolutionary power will instantly counter with annihilating strike, and we will respond to full-out war with full-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare.’

Submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) were also among the sophisticated military hardware on show for the first time, indicating an improving technological capability that could help it evade anti-missile systems.

Smiling dictator: Kim Jung-un was noticeably relaxed and appeared happy as he attended the 'Day of the Sun' military parade in Kim Il Sung square - which celebrates his grandfather - the founder of North Korea

Smiling dictator: Kim Jung-un was noticeably relaxed and appeared happy as he attended the ‘Day of the Sun’ military parade in Kim Il Sung square – which celebrates his grandfather – the founder of North Korea

Thousands of North Korean troops armed with rifles took part in the show of force, which saw North Korea flaunt sophisticated new military hardware

Thousands of North Korean troops armed with rifles took part in the show of force, which saw North Korea flaunt sophisticated new military hardware

North Koreans carry flags in front of statues of the country's founder Kim Il Sung (left) and late leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang today

North Koreans carry flags in front of statues of the country’s founder Kim Il Sung (left) and late leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang today

Men beat drums as they parade through Kim Il Sung Square during military drills to mark the landmark date

Men beat drums as they parade through Kim Il Sung Square during military drills to mark the landmark date

North Korean soldiers march and shout slogans during a military parade at the 'Day of the Sun' to mark the country's founder's birth anniversary

North Korean soldiers march and shout slogans during a military parade at the ‘Day of the Sun’ to mark the country’s founder’s birth anniversary

Tanks rolled through the capital city of the secretive state, which was marking the 105th birthday of Kim Jong-un's late grandfather

Tanks rolled through the capital city of the secretive state, which was marking the 105th birthday of Kim Jong-un’s late grandfather

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Utah judge calls ex-Mormon bishop convicted of rape an ‘extraordinarily good man’

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Judge Thomas Low called Keith Robert Vallejo an “extraordinarily good man” who did something wrong, after he was convicted of rape.

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PROVO, Utah  — A Utah judge is facing a deluge of complaints after calling a former Mormon bishop convicted of rape an “extraordinarily good man” who did something wrong, a judicial oversight organization said Friday.

The criticism began around the time Judge Thomas Low let Keith Robert Vallejo out of custody after a jury found him guilty of 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape, said Jennifer Yim, executive director of the Utah Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.

But Yim said most of the roughly 40 emails, six voicemails and some Facebook messages received since late March came after Low sentenced Vallejo to up to life in prison and seemed to get emotional during the hearing.

Julia Kirby, 23, one of Vallejo’s victims, said she was shocked by the judge’s sympathy.

“That judge didn’t care about me,” she said Friday. “He only cared about the person he was convicting, and I think that is really kind of despicable.”

Kirby agreed to have her name published to show the judge that she will not let him get away with these comments.

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This photo provided by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office shows Keith Robert Vallejo found by a jury to be guilty of 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape.

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Kirby said she was 19 when she said Vallejo, a relative, groped her multiple times when she stayed at his house while attending Brigham Young University in 2013.

Ryan McBride, the prosecutor on the case, said Low’s comments were inappropriate and said it may have come in response to more than 50 character letters about Vallejo, most of them detailing the good things he has done. The defendant’s brother spoke at the hearing and compared Vallejo to Jesus in making the argument that he was wrongly convicted, McBride said.

“I don’t think it’s wrong to acknowledge the good things that someone has done in their lives,” the prosecutor said. “But I think whenever you do that in a case like this, you’ve also got to say, ‘But it doesn’t excuse what you’ve done.’ ”

Low declined comment through a court spokesman.

“I maintain my innocence,” Vallejo said during the hearing after a brief comment on how the justice system bullies people into confessing.

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Keith Vallejo leaves the courtroom, in Provo, Utah.

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The abuse occurred in Provo, a Mormon stronghold that is home to Brigham Young University. Low attended the school, where almost all students are Mormon, but it is not clear whether he is a member of the faith.

There was no indication that the judge had any prior relationship with Vallejo, McBride said. Low would have to disclose something like that, he said.

In the faith, bishops are regular church members who lead their congregations for four to five years. The position is unpaid and part of the religion’s lay clergy structure that makes it different from many other religions.

Low’s comments also sparked outrage Friday from advocates for sexual assault victims.

“The signal that it sends to sexual violence survivors is that if you choose to disclose, that we’re still going to treat your perpetrator as if they’re a good person,” Turner Bitton, executive director of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

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Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets recalled nationwide

(CNN) – Any remaining Hyland’s homeopathic teething products are now being removed from store shelves under a major recall.

Two types of the teething products, which previously were linked to the deaths of 10 children, have been recalled, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday.

Standard Homeopathic Company, the Los Angeles-based maker of Hyland’s homeopathic teething products, recalled all of its teething tablets and nighttime teething tablets, the announcement said. The FDA concluded that the products have mislabeled the amounts of belladonna alkaloids they contain.

After the FDA warned parents against using homeopathic teething tablets and gels last year, the company had announced in October that it would stop distributing the products in the United States.

Dr. Natasha Burgert, a Kansas City-based pediatrician, said that many parents of her patients have asked her about the latest recall.

“Belladonna is a natural plant that has been used for centuries,” she said.

Burgert added that while belladonna can be harmful, “my suspicion is that, when using it in teething tablets at homeopathic doses, the likelihood of a significant reaction is likely low,” she said. “However, I think it is appropriate for the FDA be concerned that these homeopathic tablets and regimens are not regulated.”

In January, the FDA urged parents not to use Hyland’s homeopathic teething products after finding that the products contain varying amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance, commonly known as deadly nightshare, that can be harmful to children.

Ten deaths and other adverse events, such as seizures and vomiting, previously were reported to the FDA and the agency investigated those reports last year.

As part of the recall, parents are encouraged to throw away any teething products they may still have.

“We initiated this recall even after discontinuing production last fall because it is appropriate to do what our regulating agency has formally requested,” said J.P. Borneman, chairman and CEO of Standard Homeopathic Company, in the announcement.

“We are committed to maintaining and earning the trust consumers have placed in Standard Homeopathic Company. We have worked for 114 years to build relationships with our consumers. We intend to preserve that tradition of trust,” he said.

This isn’t the first time that Hyland’s teething tablets have been recalled. In 2010, Standard Homeopathic voluntarily recalled the tablets to address concerns with the product’s manufacturing process and refine its production, packaging and testing protocols.

At the time, adverse events were reported, but the FDA said that it could not confirm a conclusive link between the events and the teething products.

Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets date back to 1945, when they were introduced to the US market and have been used by millions of children, according to the company’s website.

Teething usually begins when a baby is between six and eight months old.

Signs of teething include acting irritable, biting or chewing, drooling, gum swelling and tenderness, refusing food, and sleeping problems.

“Teething is not a medical problem. Teething is natural, it’s important, and the vast majority of kids really do great,” said Burgert, who is also a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“So, teething isn’t something that parents should be worried about or something that need tremendous action plans, however, if they do notice their kids are fussy and biting on things we can address them in many ways,” she said.

To ease your baby’s teething discomfort, the American Academy of Pediatrics has some suggestions:

Try gently rubbing or massaging the gums with one of your fingers. Teething rings can be helpful, but they should be made of firm rubber. Pain relievers that you rub on the gums are not recommended since they wash out of the baby’s mouth within minutes. If your child seems unusually irritable or has a fever, consult your pediatrician. Avoid teething tablets that contain belladonna and gels with benzocaine.

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US Conducts Successful Field Test Of New Nuclear Bomb

With the world still abuzz over the first ever deployment of the GBU-43/B “Mother Of All Bombs” in Afghanistan, where it reportedly killed some 36 ISIS fighters, in a less noticed statement the US National Nuclear Security Administration quietly announced overnight the first successful field test of the modernized, “steerable” B61-12 gravity thermonuclear bomb in Nevada.

In a well-timed statement, just as tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program and potential US airstrikes run wild, the NNSA said that in conjunction with the US Air Force, it had completed the first qualification flight test of B61-12 gravity nuclear bomb on March 14 at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.

In the press release, the NNSA said that the “non-nuclear assembly test” was dropped from an F-16 based at Nellis Air Force Base and was intended to evaluate “both the weapon’s non-nuclear functions as well as the aircraft’s capability to deliver the weapon.”

This test was the first of a series that will be conducted over the next three years to qualify the B61-12 for service. Three successful development flight tests were conducted in 2015.

“This demonstration of effective end-to-end system performance in a realistic ballistic flight environment marks another on-time achievement for the B61-12 Life Extension Program,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton, NNSA’s principal assistant deputy administrator for military application. “The successful test provides critical qualification data to validate that the baseline design meets military requirements. It reflects the nation’s continued commitment to our national security and that of our allies and partners.”

The flight test included hardware designed by Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, manufactured by the Nuclear Security Enterprise plants, and mated to the tail-kit assembly section, designed by the Boeing Company under contract with the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center.


Phil Hoover, an engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, shows off a flight test 

body for a B61-12 nuclear weapon

The B61-12 consolidates and replaces four B61 bomb variants in the nation’s nuclear arsenal. The first production unit is scheduled to be completed by March 2020.

The original B61 gravity bomb is the mainstay of the Air Force’s nuclear arsenal and one of the legs of the so-called nuclear triad, along with the intercontinental ballistic missiles deployed from either ground-based silos or oceangoing submarines. The B61 nuclear gravity bomb, deployed from U.S. Air Force and NATO bases, has almost 50 years of service, “making it the oldest and most versatile weapon in the enduring U.S. stockpile.” Numerous modifications have been made to improve the B61’s safety, security, and reliability since the first B61 entered service in 1968, and four B61 variants remain in the stockpile: the 3, 4, 7, and 11. However, the aging weapon system requires a life extension to continue deterring potential adversaries and reassuring our allies and partners of our security commitments to them.

The B61-12 LEP will refurbish, reuse, or replace all of the bomb’s nuclear and non?nuclear components to extend the service life of the B61 by at least 20 years, “and to improve the bomb’s safety,  effectiveness, and security” according to the NNSA. The B61-12 first production unit will occur in FY 2020. The bomb will be approximately 12 feet long and weigh approximately 825 pounds. The bomb will be air-delivered in either ballistic gravity or guided drop modes, and is being certified for delivery on current strategic (B-2A) and dual capable aircraft (F-15E, F-16C/D & MLU, PA-200) as well as future aircraft platforms (F-35, B-21).

President Trump has endorsed the ambitious and expensive plan to modernize the US nuclear triad, begun under his predecessor.

The March test of the B61-12 was the first in a series to take place over the next three years, with the final design review due in September 2018 and the first production unit scheduled for completion by March 2020.

Once the bomb is authorized for use in 2020, the US plans to deploy some 180 of the B61-12 precision-guided thermonuclear bombs to five European countries as follows:

  • Belgium – 20;
  • Germany -20;
  • Italy – 70;
  • Netherlands – 20;
  • Turkey -50;

… although in light of recent developments, and this weekend’s Turkish referendum which may grant Erdogan what are effectively dictatorial powers, it may consider reassessing the Turkish deployment.

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A couple more Assad photos and stories of interest

As an aside, just prior to the U.S./Israeli/Saudi organized and funded “regime change” effort that began in Syria in 2011, I was reading an article in the Antioch Orthodox publication named “The Word” written by an Orthodox bishop from the U.S. about a trip he and three other bishops from the U.S. made to Syria in which they met with the Assads at the presidential residence. Note that the insurrection led by outside forces was a couple months in the future when this visit occurred.
What surprised me the most about the piece was the description of how the meeting unfolded. The gentlemen drove to the presidential residence which turned out to be guarded by three completely unarmed “soldiers” who knew they were coming and “waved” them right on in after an I.D. check. The four exited their vehicle and went to the front door and knocked. To their collective shock, Assad and his wife actually answered the door and graciously invited them into their home. Assads wife, Asma, even brought everyone refreshments including the refills of tea.
Let’s see here – No real security and the president and his wife answered the knock on their door. Think about that for a moment and then engage in not just a “compare and contrast” with the behavior of the “much loved leaders” of western democracies, but that the president of Syria at that point lived in essential safety without fear of his people and without “armed”guards. This is a man, a leader who was/is hated by his people? Am I to take the four bishops for liars or would it be more cirumspect and correct to presume that the western governments and their wholly controlled press is lying. I think the latter.
That was in early 2011, and unfortunately it is no longer 2011.
Please look at these:
This – https://www.rt.com/news/326541-assad-visit-church-damascas/   –  Assad’s make surprise visit to Orthodox Church
 
 
Their support of Christians and Christianity in Syria is well known everywhere but in the United States and among it’s covetous vassals. 

 This photo, taken at a state function, making them look so plain and ordinarily “western” is definitive proof that they are both as evil as the western media portray them. The second photo? School in London.

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Assad makes surprise Christmas visit to Damascus church (PHOTOS)

Assad makes surprise Christmas visit to Damascus church (PHOTOS)
A Christmas choir had a surprise visitor overnight after Bashar Assad made an appearance at a church in the Syrian capital of Damascus where rehearsals were taking place.

The Syrian president and his wife, Asma, visited the Notre Dame de Damas Church, an ancient cathedral located just 2 kilometers from the rebel-held neighborhood of Jobar in the eastern suburb of Ghouta in Damascus.

Assad and his wife chatted with the men and women of the “Joy Choir,” who were practicing ahead of a performance on Christmas Eve, state media said Saturday.

The couple were seen smiling and posing for pictures with the group and also listened to the recital of Christmas poems at the church, which was hit by mortar fire on Friday.

The visit coincided with the adoption of Friday’s UN Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire and political settlement in Syria, which was unanimously adopted. The resolution refrained from mentioning the Syrian leader.

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EXPOSED! Illuminati “Arch of Baal” unveiled at Elite Party (R$E) – YouTube

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BREAKING: Syrian Gas Attack Leads Back to Hillary Clinton and Benghazi

British security analyst and counterterrorism expert, Charles Shoebridge told RT that Assad was unlikely to have ordered such an attack since the SAA has already turned the tide of the Syrian conflict.

“The people who have benefited from this kind of attack are the rebels themselves because they have gained a major political advantage at a time when they are struggling both strategically and geopolitically,” he said, adding that Damascus-led forces would have hardly opted for such tactics since they are on a roll “across Syria.”

How is this connected to Hillary Clinton…
5. Libya, under Gaddafi, did possess chemical weapon stockpiles. The Free Thought Project reports that the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was operating as a “rat line” to Syrian “moderate rebels” for Gaddafi’s weaponry while Hillary Clinton was US Secretary of State.

On May 3rd, 2016, the Inquisitr ran an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh, who made the case that Hillary Clinton approved the sending of sarin gas to Syria.

Christopher Lehmann said on October 7, 2013 that top U.S. (and Saudi) officials were responsible for the chemical weapons being used in Syria. Interestingly, Lehmann’s sources were completely different than Hersh’s.

“Evidence leads directly to the White House, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, CIA Director John Brennan, Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar, and Saudi Arabia´s Interior Ministry.”

The Benghazi role was to “collect weapons from Libyan stockpiles and send them through Turkey into Syria for a set-up sarin-gas attack, to be blamed on Assad in order to ‘justify’ the US invading Syria, as the US had invaded Libya to eliminate Gaddafi.”

https://theduran.com/was-hillary-clinton-behind-the-chemical-weapons-attack-in-syria/

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We kidney not: Kidney beans are good for you

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(Natural News) They say big things come in small packages, and the kidney bean is proof of that. More than just an important ingredient in chili con carne, this humble superfood is packed full of vitamins and minerals linked to the reduction of many diseases. Just a few kidney beans a day can keep the bad stuff at bay and here’s how.

Health “bean”-efits

From complex carbohydrates to protein to dietary fiber, the average kidney bean is full of health-boosting nutrients. The high fiber content in kidney beans not only help lower one’s blood cholesterol levels—and subsequently decrease the risk of type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure—but also promote regular stool discharge. Combine this with folate and magnesium, and you’ve got a food that can ensure better cardiovascular health just by consuming a small amount a day. According to AuthorityNutrition.com, a single tablespoon of kidney beans contains 0.7 grams of fiber, 14.3 micrograms of folate, and 4.62 milligrams of magnesium. Additionally, that one tablespoon also has 8.7 grams of protein and 2.22 milligrams of iron.

Beans in general have been shown to naturally fight a number of cancers, reduce the risk of heart disease, and are rich in antioxidants. Kidney beans are no different. RodalesOrganicLife.com claims they even one-up other legumes when it comes to omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and thiamine, two nutrients that kidney beans contain in good amounts.

Kidney beans, superfoods that they are, do more than take care of you inside. They also make you look good on the outside as anti-aging and weight loss aids. The antioxidants found in kidney beans are “believed to have strong anti-aging properties and to promote longevity by limiting damage caused by free radicals,” says HealWithFood.org. If you’re more worried about your waistline than you are wrinkles, then kidney beans have got you covered. “The blood sugar stabilizing effects of kidney beans can also assist obese and overweight people in their battle against excess body fat.” HealWithFood.org goes on to add, “When the blood sugar levels are stable, less insulin is released by the pancreas. One of the tasks of insulin is to promote fat storage in the body, so keeping insulin levels low can help you achieve healthy weight loss.”

Whether you’ve always been a fervent health buff or someone who’s just committed themselves to eating healthier, you can’t go wrong with kidney beans. If you’re the latter, however, and don’t know where to start with these tiny and terrific superfoods, then worry no more.

Where to “bean”-gin

Kidney beans can be bought dried or canned. Dry beans are recommended for their lower sodium content and for their lower cost, while canned beans are ideal for those who want to save time, according to the Bean Institute. If you opt for dried kidney beans, not that they should be kept in an airtight container and will stay fresh for up to 12 months; cooked kidney beans, on the other hand, will stay fresh in a covered container within the refrigerator for 3 days.

Cooking kidney beans is a simple matter: you can cook them on the stovetop or in a pressure; but do note that you shouldn’t add seasonings while they’re still cooking as these will increase the cooking time and make the beans tough.

How you enjoy your kidney beans is entirely up to you. Use them in a pot of chili. Spread them on a tortilla with scrambled eggs to make an egg-and-bean burrito. However you choose to have them, you can just sit back and enjoy your meal knowing it’s made with kidney beans.

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AuthorityNutrition.com

WHFoods.com

RodalesOrganicLife.com

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BeanInstitute.com

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Hip surgery on a Sunday? Think again… it could be your last

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(Natural News) Bristol University researchers have concluded that elderly patients are more likely to die if they undergo a fractured hip surgery on a Sunday. Termed “the weekend effect“, the study looked at more than 250,000 cases of hip fracture surgery and saw that 12.5 percent of these were performed on a Sunday. It was found that those who were discharged from the hospital on a Sunday had a significantly increased risk of death. Researchers said that the chances of these patients dying within 30 days after the operation were 51.5 percent higher. Though the authors of the study quickly mention that this happened only in just 2.5 percent of cases, they are convinced that the “weekend effect” is real.

Why people should not have surgery during the weekend

In 2015, the British Department of Health released a compilation of eight studies that documented the “weekend effect”, including its prevalence in local hospitals. Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS, has cited the “weekend effect” as the cause for about 11,000 deaths a year. A paper by Chaim M. Bell, M.D. And Donald A. Redelmeier, M.D., has stated that the staffing quality during weekends was significantly lower, concluding their research with the statement, “Patients with some serious medical conditions are more likely to die in the hospital if they are admitted on a weekend than if they are admitted on a weekday.”

British Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, even went on an interview with BBC.com to state that the “’Monday to Friday culture’ in parts of the [National Health Service] had ‘tragic consequences’…6,000 people die each year because of this.”

People should not jump to conclusions

That being said, other health professionals caution against jumping to conclusions; these deaths could have caused by other circumstances. According to Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, Adrian Sayers, the patients who’d undergone hip surgery were “very old, and very frail…the care that you get at the weekend is at least the equivalent, if not better than what you get in the week.”

Other factors have been cited to contribute to the alarming number of deaths during hip surgery. The timing from the admission desk to the operating table is one. Another would be the increased chance of developing blood clots, pneumonia, or heart ailments following surgery. Oxford University researchers have even claimed that medical records might be to blame. They’ve stated that the data quality on weekday and weekend admissions are vastly different, showing a “lack of basic due diligence” more than anything else. Ben Bray, Research Director for the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme, has even gone on record to say that the problem doesn’t lie solely in the “weekend effect” and that the issues are much larger than that, extending to other areas such as local context.

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DailyMail.co.uk

BBC.com

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Ox.ac.uk

Health.org.uk

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